GLORIA Tops First Platino Awards


The Chilean film Gloria by Sebastián Lelio (pictured right) was the big winner of the first edition of the Platino Awards which took place last night in Panama City. Lelio's film won the awards for Best Director, Best Actress for Paulina Garciá, and Best Screenplay.

The award for Best Director was presented to Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante for his film Heli, while the Best Co-Production award went to the Argentinean-Spanish film The German Doctor / Wakolda by Lucía Puenzo. 

Other winners include Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez as Best Actor for his leading role in Instructions Not Included / No se aceptan devoluciones (which he also directed). The Argentinean film Metegol / Foosball received two awards, for Best Animated Film and Best Music Score. An honorary Platino Award was presented to Brazilian actress Sonia Braga.

Presented by Spain's Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (EGEDA) and Iberoamerican Producers Association (FIPCA). Mexican singer and actress Alessandra Rossaldo, warried to Derbez, and CNN Latino's Juan Carlos Arciniegas hosted the ceremony which had presenters such as Paraguayan filmmaker Juan Carlos Maneglia (7 Boxes), and actresses Blanca Guerra and Leandra Leal.